Guam Diner Bytes: House of Brutus
We had been going to the House of Brutus on and off for Sunday breakfast over the past few years, however, it was only recently when we decided to try out their Loco Moco ($10.00), which features a grilled beef patty on a bed of steamed rice or mashed potatoes topped with a choice of white or brown gravy. Well, it was so good the first time we had it that we had to return so I could take some photos for my review.
I recall just how delicious this was when we took our first bites. The egg was sunny side up and the meat cooked to medium wellness. The brown gravy was marvelous and had fresh mushrooms. The portioning was good, especially for the price. We were ecstatic to have found the perfect Loco Moco, We asked our server for a sample of the white gravy, which was equally as tasty as the brown gravy, and expertly prepared by Brutus Chef Paula Burce. I had to call her out and compliment her on her awesome tasting food, especially these gravies she made from scratch.
To accompany the Loco Moco selection we made on our return breakfast visit, we also ordered the Meatloaf ($11.00), which has identical brown gravy (also white) and starch choices. While the Loco Moco uses the same beef patties that are in the Brutus family of great burgers, the Meat Loaf is an entirely different product. Chef Paula explained how they steam this meat to drain out the fat and then they char-grill the thick loaf slices. This char-grilling imparts a steak-like richness to the loaf. When plated, this makes an impressive presentation and is accompanied by fresh local green beans. It is a generous portion (we were able to share both dishes and had left overs).
There are other good Loco Moco dishes served on island, however, and I give Chef Paula a lot of kudos and credit for her personal efforts in assuring a high quality and satisfying meal that we were sufficiently impressed enough to order again. You can taste Chef Paula’s passion for excellence in every bite of these dishes. I only wish more cooks and chefs would follow Chef Paula!
Get over to House of Brutus and taste the difference yourself!
Ken “The Guam Food Guy” Stewart